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Hernando Animal Services takes part in 'Just One Day' event

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The dogs at Hernando County Animal Services put on their best adoption faces and displayed affection. Tuesday was 'Just One Day'. A national event for shelters to look for alternatives to euthanasia by working with rescue groups and having adoption programs.

A steady stream of families came to the shelter throughout the day.

Hernando Animal Services waved adoption fees for cats and dogs so that families would have more of a reason to bring home a new pet.

Jennifer Barnes adopted a mixed breed dog and says, "If you come to the shelter, these dogs need a forever home obviously and it's better than paying tons of dollars. You get the same quality of dog."

Lawrence Natali fell in love at first sight with an American bull dog mix. Natali says, "I haven't had a dog in a few years and the little dog just broke my heart. It's just so cute."

Natali spent some time getting to know the dog. Even checking to see how she would act near his children. Unfortunately, a family was already in the process of adopting that same dog.

Despite Tuesday being a national no kill day, Hernando Animal Services says that no animals were scheduled to be put down. In fact they don't even have a daily list of animals to be euthanized. They even have a dog that's been here for more that six months.

Shannon Finch works at the shelter as a rescue group and volunteer coordinator. She says the reason why they don't have a daily euthanize list is because of their adoption success rate.

"We have a live release rate of 87 percent for our dogs and 67 percent for our cats. There is always...we know...room for improvement. We would like to see them all get their forever homes," said Finch.

 

 

 

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